Information Clearing House Newsletter 26 July 2012: Does the NSA Have a File On You? Probably

26 July 2012Information Clearing House


Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria

Western Troops ‘Increasingly Likely’ to Intervene

By Nick Hopkins

“It is highly likely that some western special forces and intelligence resources have been in Syria for a considerable time,” says Colonel Richard Kemp.

A War for US Public Opinion as Israel Alleges Iranian Terrorism

By Tony Karon

Their bodies were hardly cold before Mr Netanyahu was insisting that the attack was “unquestionably” the work of Iran.


BBC Covers Up War Crimes

Misleads Over Syrian Security Operations.

By Tony Cartalucci

From Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya and now Syria, BBC has paved the way for Western disinformation meant to mange public perception around a war the public would otherwise never support or tolerate.


Who is Fighting in Syria?

By Thierry Meyssan

The U.S. launched an operation planned a long time ago against Syria. First, through its regional allies, and then directly, they have introduced armed bands, modeled on the Contras in Nicaragua, that have destabilized the country.


Romney promises blind allegiance to Israel

Romney: Obama Undermines Israel’s Global Standing, Israelis Deserve Better

By Natasha Mozgovaya

“I believe our country is the greatest force for good the world has ever known, and that our influence is needed as much now as ever. And I am guided by one overwhelming conviction and passion: This century must be an American century,” he said.


Promises About Another American Century Are Pretty Lies

By Conor Friedersdorf

Our politicians better be preparing for anything as they pander.


“Rebuilding America’s Defenses” – A Summary

Blueprint of the PNAC Plan for U.S. Global Hegemony

By Bette Stockbauer

Some people have compared it to Hitler’s publication of Mein Kampf, which was ignored until after the war was over.


“American Lives Are Not More Important Than Other People’s Lives”

By Larry Everest

Every issue-from jobs to manufacturing to the environment-gets filtered through “what’s good for America ,” and how “we” can keep America No. 1. All this is sickening and immoral.


Mexican Official: CIA ‘Manages’ Drug Trade

By Chris Arsenault

“The war on drugs is an illusion,” Hugo Almada Mireles, professor at the Autonomous University of Juarez and author of several books, told Al Jazeera. “It’s a reason to intervene in Latin America.”


The Criminal Injustice System

By Ralph Nader

History has demonstrated that driving addictions into illegal undergrounds creates vicious underworld crimes. In Mexico, the so-called drug cartel is getting close to destroying local governments in many regions.


In case you missed it

Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons


Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?


Anaheim Mayhem: Shock-cops kill two over 3 days of brutality


RT‘s Ramon Galindo explores why those who’re supposed to protect the people, are also killing them.


Does the NSA Have a File On You? Probably

By Barb Darrow

The government is building a dossier on every citizen: former NSA officials.


Federal Reserve Audit Bill Overwhelmingly Passes The House

By Jennifer Bendery

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) to audit the Federal Reserve.


More than 40 killed as govt forces clash with guerillas inTajikistan:

Militants have been surrounded by troops and have nowhere to escape, a source from the security forces told Tajik newspaper Asia-Plus.


Militants attack paramilitary force check-post in Pakistan, 14 killed: Eleven militants and three security personnel were killed and several were wounded in clashes between the two sides on Wednesday in Pakistan’s troubled tribal agency, said officials.


7 Afghan children killed in bomb blast: . “A total of seven innocent children were grazing their animals in Taiwara district but one stepped on a pressure- plate bomb leading to a powerful blast killing all of them on the spot,”


20 Afghan guards defect to Taliban: Twenty Afghan guards for the NATO-led Australian forces have defected to the Taliban in southern Afghanistan after a dispute with the soldiers, local police say.


At least 36 killed as violent clashes spread in India’s Assam: Fighting between Bodo tribespeople and Muslim settlers in northeastern Assam state have killed at least 36 people.


Al Qaeda Taking Deadly New Role in Syria Conflict: It is the sort of image that has become a staple of the Syrian revolution, a video of masked men calling themselves the Free Syrian Army and brandishing AK-47s – with one unsettling difference. In the background hang two flags of Al Qaeda, white Arabic writing on a black field.


In Syria conflict, U.S. struggles to fill intelligence gaps: With no CIA operatives on the ground in Syria and only a handful stationed at key border posts, the agency has been heavily dependent on its counterparts in Jordan and Turkey and on other regional allies.


Russia says U.S. tries to justify terrorism in Syria: – Russia accused the United States on Wednesday of trying to justify terrorism against the Syrian government and berated Western nations it said had failed to condemn a bomb attack that killed senior security officials.


Rebels promise ‘fireworks’ for Assad, using IED’s: We used to make them in Turkey and bring them here, but now we are making more here. We learned a lot from the internet, but we also have our own special method of making them that is a secret.”


Aleppo: BBC journalist on Syria warplanes bombing city: What appeared to be Russian-made MiG planes arced through the sky. We watched as they dropped in, bombing and strafing rebel positions.


Media Hysteria Over Syria “Bombing” City of Aleppo : Between lies revolving around distorted statements regarding chemical weapons, fabricated atrocities, and now claims of airstrikes being used upon “civilian populations,” the West is desperately running down the list for a “casus belli” that will stick


Propaganda and war pimp alert:

UK ‘may be drawn into Syria action’: Britain will find it increasingly difficult to avoid taking part in action in Syria, a former Army commander has warned.


Playing the WMD card:

Official: Israel to act if Syria arsenal breached:

Israel’s foreign minister warned on Wednesday his country will act immediately if it discovers Islamic militants are raiding Syria’s chemical or biological weapons stocks, while Israelis rushed to stock up on gas masks as the bellicose rhetoric swells.


Israel may attack Iran : Israeli Defense Minister: Barak said Israel might have to make “tough and crucial decisions” about its security. :


Most Voters Say US Should Help Israel in Attack on Iran: A majority of 51 percent of likely U.S. voters say their country should help Israel if it attacks Iran, according to a Rasmussen poll.


Iran “threatens” to ‘strike out’ at any intervention in Syria: ? “None of Syria’s friends or the great front of resistance has yet entered the scene, and in the event that this happens, decisive blows will be struck at the enemy, especially the hated Arab rulers,” Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, a spokesman of the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Fars news agency.


If virus attacks on Iran continue, U.S. will get its teeth knocked out – official: Earlier today Bloomberg reported citing the F-Secure Security Labs website that Iran’s nuclear facilities have suffered a cyber attack that shut down computers and played music from the rock band AC/DC.


Hezbollah officially declared not a terrorist group: EU rejects request: The European Union turned down a request Tuesday by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist group after last week’s deadly bombing in Bulgaria. “There is no consensus for putting Hezbollah on the list of terrorist organizations,” said Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis


He who pays the piper calls the tune: Israel advances the Palestinian Authority NIS 180m. to ease finance crisis:

Israel, in a “goodwill gesture” to the Palestinian Authority, gave Ramallah over the last few days a NIS 180 million advance on tax money it transfers on a monthly basis, The Jerusalem Post has learned.


Israel, the 51st State? How the GOP Is Courting West Bank Settlers to Vote for Mitt Romney:

Republicans are using President Obama’s policy toward Israel as a cudgel to score political points and woo Jewish voters and donors.


Will Libya Become Another Somalia? Or Worse?: Libya seems well on its way to becoming the next Somalia, with much of the country already ruled by tribal/clan based armed militias. As was the case in Somalia, Libya is in the process of separation, with the eastern, oil rich, Cyrenica region having issued a de facto declaration of independence.


Far from a Humanitarian Savior, the U.S. Causes Vast Misery In Africa Op-Ed – : The United States has finally made a token effort towards reining in its central African client state, Rwanda, whose destabilization of neighboring Congo has contributed to the deaths of six million people over the past 16 years.


Celebrated Spanish judge Garzon to head Assange legal team: Famous Spanish human rights investigator Baltasar Garzon will lead the legal team representing WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, the whistleblower website announced on Tuesday.


Feinstein: W.H. behind some leaks: Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says that the White House was at least partially responsible for controversial leaks of classified information.


New York Police Department spies in N.J., investigation finds:

A building superintendent in New Brunswick opened the door to apartment No. 1076 one balmy Tuesday and discovered an alarming scene: terrorist literature strewn about the table and computer and surveillance equipment set up in the next room.


Shock Greenland ice thaw: Greenland’s surface ice cover melted this month over a larger area than ever detected in more than 30 years of satellite observations, NASA has said.


US Drought Could Cause Global Unrest: Twice in the last five years, rising food prices triggered global waves of social unrest. With drought baking US crops, another round of soaring, society-straining price spikes may happen in coming months.


Irelands Bankers being Arrested and Charged! : Video – The former Chief Executive and Chairman of Anglo Irish Bank has appeared in court in Dublin charged in connection with financial irregularities at the bank.


Seven Largest U.S. Banks Have Created Thousands Of Subsidiaries To Avoid Taxes: Fed Report: America‘s seven biggest banks now have more than 14,500 subsidiaries around the world, according to a new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (h/t Bloomberg). They have hatched more than 10,000 of these subsidiaries since 1991, largely in an aim to skirt regulations and taxes


Cost Of War


Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,883


Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,105


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001



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